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Burnaby Hospital redevelopment closer to start of $1.7B phase two

B.C. has announced the construction teams that will team up for full project delivery.
The Burnaby Hospital redevelopment project.

The province says phase two of the Burnaby Hospital redevelopment project is closer to starting after it announced the preferred proponent team has been hired.

A multi-party contract, also known as a single target outturn cost alliance development agreement, was unveiled today, July 8, and will involve PCL Constructors Westcast Inc. and Parkin Architects Western Ltd. as the primary contractors, officially signed and approved on June 21.

The alliance agreement will see the owner, builder and design team work together for "full project delivery."

"The vision to redevelop the Burnaby Hospital has always been to allow more people to have access to modernized acute-care services, such as life-saving cancer care, within their community," Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in a news release.

"With Phase 1 of the Burnaby Hospital redevelopment project well underway, Fraser Health is taking more major strides. I'm excited that we've reached this milestone because it means we are closer to beginning design and construction for Phase 2."

Phase two of the project includes the construction of the Keith and Betty Beedie Acute Care Tower, a new medical imaging department with two CT scanners, a spiritual-care suite, public spaces and hospital support services.

The tower will also house the Burnaby McCarty Centre, a new BC Cancer centre, which will include 54 ambulatory-care rooms, 31 chemotherapy chairs, space for five linear accelerators, two PET/CT scanners, an oncology pharmacy and clinical trials and research space.

The current West Wing building will also be demolished to expand the hospital's emergency department.

The province says phase two construction will start late in 2025 and be ready for patients by 2030 with a current price tag of $1.7 billion. The funding is coming from the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation and the province.

"As a key funding partner, we are thrilled to contribute to this pivotal phase of our hospital's transformation," Burnaby Hospital Foundation CEO and President Kristy James added in the release.

"Our steadfast commitment to enhancing patient care and community health in Burnaby, East Vancouver and the surrounding areas remains unwavering. This redevelopment initiative mirrors our dedication to advancing medical excellence and innovation, setting a new standard in health-care delivery."

The number of patients requiring hospital care in Burnaby is expected to increase by roughly 60 per cent by 2036.